‘Back the Badge’ bill passes House

JACKSON, Miss. (AP) – The Mississippi House has voted to triple the penalties for committing violence against law enforcement officers, firefighters and emergency responders.

The 85-31 vote came Wednesday only after several black representatives talked about how they or their loved ones had been racially profiled or treated harshly by the police.

House Bill 645 is called the “Back the Badge Act of 2017.”

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2/8/17